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Two inspirational Palm Beach County women take on Sunshine State Races despite challenges

Saturday 18 February 2012

 

From the US Palm Beach Post Blogs:

 

Frani Schmidt and family
Frani Schmidt with her husband Greg and
daughters Maddy, 14, and Olivia, 11.

Two inspirational Palm Beach County women take on Sunshine State Races despite challenges

by Community Post

Among the hundreds of participants who will be competing in the Sunshine State Races on Feb. 25 is Frani Schmidt, a West Palm Beach woman who has overcome several challenges and calls running a “symbol of life.”

Frani’s mother died of a heart attack when she was 51. Frani’s sister died of a brain anuerysm at 51. Another sister passed away from breast cancer at 42.

The Sunshine State Races fall on Frani’s 51st birthday. Rather than live in fear, she intends to “celebrate life” by running the half marathon that day.

Another extraordinary woman who will be participating in the event is Palm Beach’s Sharon Johnson. The 48-year-old suffers from fibromyalgia, a common syndrome linked to fatigue and chronic pain.

Still, the mother of four boys hasn’t let the constant nerve and muscle pain slow her down. She plans to run her first half marathon in more than a year to create awareness of fibromyalgia and to send the message that sufferers can still live active lifestyles.

“I may run two or three minutes slower than I did three years ago, but it’s OK,” Johnson says. “I am blessed that I am still able to go out there and run.”

- Deb Weinreich, vice president
Eident Sports Marketing

About this column: The “Notable neighbors” section of Community Post is contributed by readers like you. Know about a noteworthy local person or group? Tell us!

 

The above originally appeared here.

 


 

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